Posted on August 18 2020
Butternut is such a wonderfully healthy complex carb and this is literally the easiest and most delicious way to make a show-stopper of a side dish that will feed and please a crowd! You definitely need this Feta And Caramelised Onion Roasted Butternut recipe in your life, no ifs, ands or butternuts about it! (sorry, had to be done).
In my usual fashion, I came up with this recipe on a whim one evening a few weeks ago.
We were having an old family friend of mine over for dinner and I had been craving butternut squash that whole week (??), but wanted to make something a bit more special than your average mixed roast veg.
Enter the crazy thought of combining two of my most favourite things in this world…CARAMELISED ONIONS AND ROAST BUTTERNUT SQUASH.
Topped with some creamy feta cheese and a little fresh basil to round out the flavours.
The heavens opened and angels sang…It sounded too delicious to be true.
(Welcome to a little dedicated corner of my brain that’s reserved for all things food – it can be very dramatic, lol)
How to make Feta And Caramelised Onion Roasted Butternut:
- Slice a large butternut squash in half long-ways, scoop out the seeds, rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
- Roast in a hot oven for 45 – 50 minutes until tender
- While the butternut roasts, you’re going to caramelise the onions (its’s really easy, see recipe)
- Once butternut is cooked through, top with caramelised onions, crumbled feta and sprigs of fresh parsley or basil if you like
- Slice into generous chunks and serve alongside your favourite meal
We served ours with braaied (bbq / grilled) steak with coleslaw and roasted peppers. It was such a delicious and easy meal!!
Followed by my sugar free berry cheesecake which was AMAYZING and the recipe for that will be in my sugar free cookbook which I’m hoping to finish soon soon, so check back for that!
Plus there were only 3 of us that evening so we had plenty of leftovers which we tucked into the next day.
I absolutely love having leftovers, especially on the weekend when I don’t necessarily feel like cooking every day.
Not only does this dish taste amazing, but it’s packed full of healthy, nourishing goodness.
You will also love my Cozy Up Tomato & Butternut Squash Soup, my Cauliflower Chickpea Pasta With Garlic Butternut Sauce and my Healthier Butternut Quinoa Macaroni Cheese
Health benefits of butternut squash:
- Very rich in Vitamin A which is essential for regulating cell growth, eye health, bone health, and immune function
- Also rich in Vitamin C – a water-soluble nutrient needed for immune function, collagen synthesis, wound healing and tissue repair
- Vitamin E is an antioxidant in butternut squash that helps protect against free radical damage and may reduce your risk of age-related conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease
- Packed with B vitamins — including folate and B6 — which your body needs for energy and red blood cell formation
- What’s more, butternut is high in magnesium, potassium, and manganese — all of which play important roles in bone health
- Full of fibre to keep your gut healthy and your digestion regular
Butternut is rich in nutrients and low in calories!
- One cup (205 grams) of cooked butternut squash has only 83 calories and provides 7 grams of filling fibre — making it an excellent choice if you’re trying to lose a little weight.
Butternut squash is a truly delicious veggie that I’ve always loved, but knowing just how much of a punch it packs in the nutrition department, I might be making this side dish once a week from now on!
I’m sure there won’t be any complaints – Butternut squash in all forms is a Universally loved veggie (that’s technically a fruit – even more reason to love it)!
I hope you try this simple Feta And Caramelised Onion Roasted Butternut recipe soon!
Comment below if you try it, and let me know what you think.
This is the easiest and most delicious way to make a show-stopper caramelised onion roasted butternut side dish that will please a crowd!
- FOR THE BUTTERNUT:
- 1 large butternut squash
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil
- Pinch Himalayan pink salt
- Italian herb mix , I like Simple Truth Italian Rub
- 1/4 cup soft feta cheese
- Fresh parsley or basil (optional)
- FOR THE ONIONS:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 brown onions , sliced into thin half-rounds
- Pinch Himalayan pink salt
- 1/2 tsp raw honey
Preheat oven to 190°C (374°F).
Slice butternut in half down the length, drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat both sides, place on baking tray and sprinkle with salt and Italian herb mix, roast in the centre of the oven for 45 – 50 minutes or until cooked through.
While butternut roasts, heat coconut oil in large non-stick frying pan, fry onions on medium-high heat stirring often, until they are tender and golden. Stir in salt and honey.
Arrange the caramelised onions on top of the roasted butternut, top with crumbled feta cheese and sprigs of fresh parsley or basil and serve as a side dish to your favourite meal.